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Aug 18, 2010
This week's theme
Words that appear beheaded

This week's words
estival
auteur
irenic
utilitarian
rotund

Eirene holding the child Plutus
Eirene holding the child Plutus (wealth). Translation: Peace raises wealth.
Roman copy of a Greek statue by Kephisodotos (c. 370 BCE)

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irenic

PRONUNCIATION:
(eye-REN-ik, eye-REE-nik)

MEANING:
adjective: Promoting peace or conciliation.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek eirene (peace). Eirene/Irene was the Greek personification of peace.

USAGE:
"Kate Neal's Hourly Scrutinising floated ecstatically, emphasising irenic calm and harmony."
Peter McCallum; A Beautiful Darwinian Experience; The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia); Nov 21, 2009.

See more usage examples of irenic in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering. -Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher and writer (1821-1881)

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